The Official Start of Summer Begins! Join Jersey Shore Chamber’s Summer Kickoff Event May 27

Posted on May 16, 2022 By

The Jersey Shore Chamber’s Summer Kickoff event, hosted by the Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce (JSCC), Wall Township, N.J., and sponsored by Puharic and Associates Insurance and Risk Managers, starts with two-part event. Friday, May 27 is a Chamber trolley tour from 10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to visit Chamber member restaurant locations, including River Rock Restaurant and Marina Grill in Brick; The Pig and the Parrot Sand Bar, Brielle, and Fratello’s in Sea Girt. The fee for the Trolley Tour is $60 and includes a one-hour stop at each restaurant, two drink tickets and light fare, followed by a barbecue at Scarborough Fair Restaurant, 1414 Meeting House Road, Sea Girt, N.J.

From 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., enjoy a barbeque, games, prizes, networking, and beer or wine at Scarborough Fair Restaurant, The fee for just this event, also open to the public, is $50.00.

Adam Puharic, President of Puharic and Associates, said, “We are proud to sponsor the Summer Kickoff and to help business people and entrepreneurs have a venue to meet in person, to network, and to find prosperity. The Jersey Shore Chamber has been a true champion and voice for businesses. Without the Chamber, more local businesses would have closed their doors during the pandemic.”

For more information, sponsorships, and packages, visit or contact Jersey Shore Executive Director Evelyn Mars, at 732-280-8800 or emars@jsccnjcom.

About Jersey Shore Chamber of Commerce: The Jersey Shore Chamber’s mission is to advance our region’s economy, enhance our members’ success and improve our quality of life. The Chamber’s core values are member-centric, promote commerce, build relationships, engage the community, maintain integrity, and to provide community leadership.

About Puharic and Associates, Inc.: Puharic and Associates, Inc, Insurance and Risk Managers is a full-service independent insurance agency based in Wall Twp NJ. The agency focuses on insurance needs for business owners and homeowners in Monmouth and Ocean counties.


Drug-Free and Alcohol-Free Post Graduation Party Planned

Posted on May 10, 2022 By

For parents, Project Graduation takes the worry out of the post-graduation party. Rob Sickel, owner of Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, is sponsoring this year’s Project Graduation, a substance free celebration on June 22 for about 92 graduates from Point Pleasant Beach High School, New Jersey, who will spend the night after their graduation, enjoying arcade games, laser tag, rides, unlimited food, and other fun events overnight at the indoor amusement park iPlay America, Freehold, N.J.

Project Graduation is designed to honor the success of the graduates. According to Allison Feehan, chairwoman of Project Graduation, “We are honored and grateful for the generous contribution of Pine Belt Cars and Rob Sickel, a Point Pleasant Beach High School alumnus. His contribution to celebrate the Point Pleasant Beach High school Class of 2022 is essential to the success of Project Graduation and providing the graduates of Point Pleasant Beach High School the sendoff that they deserve.”

Rob Sickel said, “Nothing is more important than keeping our graduates safe the night of their graduation. It is our pleasure to support Project Graduation, a safe night for fun and celebration. Here’s to the future successes of our graduates!”

For more information or to sponsor next year’s Project Graduation, contact Allison Feeham at

About Pine Belt Cars: Pine Belt Cars, 1088 Route 88, Lakewood, NJ 08701, is a family-owned and operated New Jersey car dealer that offers new or pre-owned cars, trucks, and SUVs. Pine Belt Cars specializes in Chevy, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram and Subaru cars. The dealership employs a professional team of service technicians with the skills and equipment to handle all manner of maintenance and repairs, and has a full stock of authentic parts.

Pine Belt Cars has four dealerships in Lakewood, N.J., and is very committed philanthropically to local communities. Some of Pine Belt’s philanthropic affiliations include sponsoring the Pine Belt Arena, Lakewood Little League, United Way of Ocean County, Lakewood Police Department, Jewish Federation, and the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council.
Pine Belt Cars was founded in 1937 by Leon Sickel. His son, president and CEO David Sickel, is a lifelong Lakewood resident who graduated from Franklin & Marshall College. He joined the family business in 1970 after attending the General Motors Institute in Detroit, Michigan, and serving in the U.S. Naval Reserve. When his father retired in 1975, David assumed his current role.

For more information call 888-3-PineBelt or 732-363-6244 or visit


Register Now to Participate in the Lakewood Memorial Day Parade Monday, May 30, 2022

Posted on May 3, 2022 By

Menashe Miller, Lakewood Deputy Mayor and Liaison to the Veterans Advisory Committee, has announced that Lakewood is having its annual Memorial Day Parade on Monday, May 30, 2022, along with services at the All War Memorial Amphitheater at Lake Carasaljo, North Lake Drive, Lakewood.

Miller said, “The parade is a wonderful opportunity for the entire Lakewood Township community to demonstrate their support and to honor our esteemed veterans and our selfless men and women who have served and are now serving in the military here and abroad.”

Any organization or group that would like to participate in The Memorial Day Parade should contact Sarah Kay in the Mayor’s office at 732-364-2500 Ext. 5973 or email as soon as possible for an application.

Participants in the Memorial Day ceremony will include many Lakewood Township officials. The ceremony will begin at the Review Stand in Town Square, Third Street and Clifton Avenue, at 10:30 a.m. The Parade will then pass the Review Stand, proceed down Clifton Avenue, making a right onto Main Street (Route 88), crossing Route 9 South, and proceeding the All War Memorial Amphitheater for the Memorial Day program, the raising of the flag, an Invocation, and the Star Spangled Banner. A wreath will be placed on Lake Carasaljo honoring our veterans, and there will be a 21-Gun Salute and Taps.

Participants are requested to be at their assigned location no later than 10:00 a.m. Bus transportation will be available to transport marchers from the lake back to the starting point of the parade.


The Robots Are Coming! How Will Automation Will Affect You? Join HR Professionals May 12 for Information about IA

Posted on May 2, 2022 By

Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and new “smarter” intelligent automation (IA) technologies will soon liberate HR professionals from routine processing tasks that distract HR from more human-centric responsibilities. Organizational leaders and their workers are going to be reliant on HR more than ever to help workers to be reskilled, their jobs to be reconfigured, and their conceptions about work changed for a new digitally transformed workplace.

Join JSAHR (Jersey Shore Association for Human Resources) professionals on May 12 from 8:00 to 10:00 a.m. at the Jumping Brook Country Club, Neptune, for a presentation, open to the public, presented by John J. Gillen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, a frequent presenter to corporations, professional organizations, and community-based non-profits about the new world of work and how automation tools will work in HR.

In this session, participants will learn what exactly is RPA, IA, and Artificial Intelligence (AI); and some of the coming ways in which these new smarter technologies will be used in HR; why HR needs to be in the forefront of its organization’s adoption of more intelligent automation tools, including all Artificial Intelligence initiatives; how HR professionals can prepare themselves, their business leaders, and their HR function to enable their organizations to seize the opportunities in a digitally enabled new world of work; and how these new Intelligent Automation tools will impact our conception of the HR profession from a jobs-based system to an assignment-based world of work.

Registration and breakfast is $35 for JSAHR members; $50 for non-members; and $20 for guest and those in-transition; and $10 for students with a valid ID. Register online at or email or call JSAHR at 732-701-7155. Assured Partners is sponsoring this meeting.

JSAHR is a SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) affiliated chapter. This program is pending one (1) SHRM PDC and one (1) HRCI (Human Resource Certification Institute) recertification credit.

About the Speaker: John J. Gillen, SHRM-SCP, SPHR, is an experienced HR professional, a Human Capital management consultant, and a work futurist. Gillen has worked as a Specialist Leader for Deloitte Consulting’s Human Capital Management practice. His corporate HR experience includes roles, such as a Senior Director of Workforce Initiatives for Standard & Poor’s, a Director of Employee Services for AT&T Capital, and a Manager of Management Development for Young & Rubicam. Gillen is a frequent presenter to corporations, professional organizations, and community-based non-profits where he focuses on the future of work to help workers and organizations adapt to the new world of work.


2022 Home Health Aide Recognition Day – Preferred Home Health Care Aides Receive Awards

Posted on May 2, 2022 By

They have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and compassion throughout their careers and were recognized for their devotion. Certified Home Health Aides (CHHA) from Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), Eatontown, a company that provides home care for individuals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware, received Home Health Aide of the Year awards recently at the 2022 Home Health Aide Recognition Day, sponsored by the Home Care & Hospice Association of N.J., at the Sheraton in Eatontown.

The Home Health Aide of the Year is awarded to CHHAs who have demonstrated excellence, leadership, and compassion throughout their careers at their individual office locations. The CHHAs of the Year from Preferred are Marlene Portillo, Toms River; Novy Marleny Peralta, Toms River; Shante Brockington, Mount Laurel; Pamela Elam, Neptune; Jerrett Quarterman, Robbinsville; Gelly Marrero, Galloway; and Sonia Alvarado, Galloway.

Jonathan Herman, chief operating officer of PHHC, said, “We are very proud of our hard- working, dedicated Home Health Aides for the quality care they provide to many clients and families in need. These represent Preferred so well in our communities and deserve recognition.”

Each honoree received an award and a keepsake book with tributes about the contributions home health aides make to the care and safety of their clients.

Home health aides provide support and personal services, such as helping clients with bathing, dressing, and eating. They adhere to professional standards and maintain a safe, secure, and healthy client environment by following federal, state, and local requirements.

For more information about Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, contact Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations, at 732-840-5566.
About Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services: Since 1987, Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services (PHHC), 45 Main Street, Eatontown, N.J., has provided a wide range of medical and non-medical home health care services from pediatric to geriatric care in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. PHHC is accredited by CHAP (Community Health Accreditation Partner), an accrediting organization for the home health care industry. Preferred works collaboratively with physicians, hospitals, nursing homes, and facilities to ensure a smooth transition to one’s home. PHHC, named a 2022 Great Place to Work®, offers industry-leading pay rates, weekly pay, flexible hours, benefits, and paid time off. PHHC has 15 locations.

PHHC has 15 locations. New Jersey locations include corporate headquarters in Eatontown; and branches in Elmwood Park; Galloway; Jersey City; Mt. Laurel; Neptune; North Brunswick; Robbinsville; South Orange; and Toms River. Pennsylvania locations include Allentown, Bala Cynwyd, Bensalem, and Pittsburgh. Delaware location: Claymont. Visit Preferred at for more information.

All Photos by Angie Bonelli (left to right)
Photo #1: Lisa Gallicchio, Dir. of Community Relations, Eatontown; Janet Schoendorf, Client Services Coordinator, Toms River; Allyson Budassi, Client Services Coordinator, Mt. Laurel; Stephanie Kulak, MSN, RN, Corporate Dir. of Nursing, Eatontown; Carol Wilson, Client Services Coordinator, Robbinsville; Nneka Pile, HR Recruiter, Neptune; Kristina Gomez, Client Services Coordinator, Galloway

Photo #2: Marlene Portillo, Toms River; Novy Marleny Peralta, Toms River; Shante Brockington, Mt. Laurel; Pamela Elam, Neptune; Jarrett Quarterman, Robbinsville; Sonia Alvarado, Galloway; Gelly Marrero, Galloway

Photo #3: (Back Row) Marlene Portillo, Toms River, Home Health Aide of the Year; Novy Marleny Peralta, Toms River, Home Health Aide of the Year; Allyson Budassi, Client Services Coordinator, Mt. Laurel; Shante Brockington, Mt. Laurel, Home Health Aide of the Year; Jerrett Quarterman, Robbinsville, Home Health Aide of the Year; Nneka Pile, HR Recruiter, Neptune; Stephanie Kulak, MSN, RN, Corp. Dir. of Nursing, Eatontown; Gelly Marrero, Galloway,
Front Row: Janet Schoendorf, Client Services Coordinator, Toms River; Carol Wilson, Client Services Coordinator, Robbinsville; Kristina Gomez, Client Services Coordinator, Galloway; Sonia Alvarado, Galloway, Home Health Aide of the Year
Kneeling: Pamela Elam, Neptune, Home Health Aide of the Year

Photo #4: Lisa Gallicchio, Director of Community Relations, Eatontown; Marlene Portillo, Toms River; Novy Marleny Peralta, Toms River; Pamela Elam, Neptune; Jerrett Quarterman, Robbinsville; Sonia Alvarado, Galloway; Gelly Marrero, Galloway; Stephanie Kulak, MSN, RN, Corporate Director of Nursing, Eatontown

Photo #5: Allyson Budassi, Client Services Coordinator, Mt. Laurel; Shante Brockington, Mt. Laurel; Jerrett Quarterman, Robbinsville; Carol Wilson, Client Services Coordinator, Robbinsville


Virtual Networking Meeting of the N.J Health Care Network on May11

Posted on April 25, 2022 By

The N.J. Health Care Network offers free monthly virtual networking and an opportunity to meet others in the health care industry, including those who provide ancillary products and services. Join the Zoom meeting of The N.J. Health Care Network Wednesday, May 11 from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. MOCEANS Center for Independent Living, the V.I.P. Member Spotlight, is hosting the online May meeting.

To register for the Zoom link, email Lisa Gallicchio, director of community relations for Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services, Eatontown, the group’s premier sponsor, at Sponsorship opportunities to showcase your business as a VIP Sponsor are available. For more information about the N.J. Health Care Network, visit

Once registered to become a member, you can post health care and marketing events, news, training information, employment listings, and location of meetings on the website of the N.J. Health Care Networking Group. All registrants also have access to the N.J. Health Care Network member directory.

For more than 30 years Preferred Home Health Care & Nursing Services has been providing medical and non-medical home health care services to infants, children, adults, and seniors throughout New Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware.

MOCEANS Center for Independent Living: MOCEANS Center for Independent Living Inc., is a non-residential, consumer-controlled, community-based, 501c3 non-profit organization that provides information, instruction, and support for people living with disability, their families, friends, and allies in the community. The mission of MOCEANS Center for Independent Living is to promote public awareness and barrier-free access in the community while supporting individual choice, advancing the independent living philosophy, and promoting the civil rights and inclusion of all people living with disabilities.


Assistance with Back Rent Payment Available for Lakewood Residents

Posted on April 25, 2022 By

Solutions to End Poverty Soon (STEPS), 14 South Clifton Avenue, Lakewood, N.J., announced that relief is now available to Lakewood residents who are currently facing eviction or removal from their homes.

Lakewood Township recently received a grant through the American Rescue Plan-Emergency Rent Assistant Program that may cover up to three months of back rent for eligible residents.

Michael McNeil, executive director of STEPS, said, “STEPS has been serving the community by paying back rent throughout the pandemic. This is a great opportunity to help more residents avoid being evicted. STEPS is committed to advocating for individuals and families, ensuring them basic necessities to enhance their quality of life.

“Every day our office receives inquires for support. Our team of intake specialists – Housing Navigators, Certified Housing Counselors, and our Hispanic/Latino Bilingual Community Services Coordinator – is available to assist any Lakewood resident who may have experienced hardship due to the COVID-19 pandemic and are on the verge of losing their current housing.

“STEPS also has our Community Resources Center (CRC) available to those who may not have the technology to maneuver through the process of getting needed assistance.

“Mayor Ray Coles, Deputy Mayor Menashe Miller, the Township Committee, the Municipal Manager Patrick Donnelly, Township Clerk Lauren Kirkman, and Community Development Block Grant Coordinator Ervin Oross are to be applauded for this funding as a result of their hard work and concern for the residents in this community, and making sure STEPS is able to do our job assisting, keeping people housed, and mediating in eviction court with landlords and tenants.

“STEPS’ ambition is to accomplish and assist people in our community and continue working to make sure everyone has a safe place to call home.”

For more information, contact STEPS at 732-367-1640 or email Visit


Donate to Help Family Get a Wheelchair-accessible Van

Posted on April 25, 2022 By

Can you help this family by attending an event or by giving a GoFundMe donation? Marisa Maltese, mother of six-year-old twins Noah and Gabriel Rosado who were born with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy, is in need of a wheelchair-accessible van. Modifications to make her vehicle wheelchair accessible have not been possible.

Maltese said, “No way are we able to afford such an expensive necessity. Every day we carry our children to my vehicle where I drive them to school, take out the wheelchairs in the back of my van, put them together, and wheel them into school. When the bus drops them off at the end of the day, my husband carries the wheelchairs back into the house, disassembles them, and puts them back into my car for the routine to happen again the following day.”

The family is trying to get is a Ram Tempest Pro Master, a necessity in their situation. This vehicle also has a lay-down backseat to privately change the boys inside if they are out on a day trip, a doctor’s appointment, church, or just going for a ride around with the family.

Friends and family are hosting at fundraiser on Sunday, May 1, 2022, from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. to purchase a wheelchair accessible van for the family at Zi Marie’s Original Pizzeria Trattoria, 730 Jamaica Blvd, Plaza One Mini Mall, Toms River. Tickets cost $50.00 per person and include music by The Midnights, food, and fun. For tickets call 732-281-8907 or 732-684-8912. Also visit to make a donation.


Millstone River Wealth Management Moves to Larger Offices in Marlton

Posted on April 18, 2022 By

Millstone River Wealth Management, LLC has moved into larger offices at 701 Route 73 North, Suite 4, Marlton, NJ 08053, one building over within the Atriums at Greentree office complex.

Millstone River Wealth Management’s clients include individuals, families, retirees, small businesses, non-profits, and professionals at various financial stages, seeking investment advice, financial planning, retirement income, college funding, life insurance, long-term care insurance, 401(k) consulting, and estate planning.

Matt Siegel, (AIF®, BFATM) managing principal, said, “We understand managing family or business needs can be stressful. We help clients make smart choices to help them achieve desired outcomes. Our independent financial advisory firm was founded with a commitment to bringing a balanced, comprehensive, and collaborative style of planning and investments for our clients.”

For more information contact Matt Siegel at (856) 446-4700; or email or Visit

About Millstone River Wealth Management: Millstone River Wealth Management, an independent financial advisory firm founded February 2011 by Matthew Siegel and Adam Zielinski, is dedicated to goals-based planning and investing. Locations include 701 Route 73 North, Suite 4, Marlton, NJ 08053 and 2317 Highway 34, Suite 1B, Manasquan, NJ 08736.

Securities and advisory services offered through Commonwealth Financial Network®, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Advisor. Fixed insurance products and services are separate from and not offered through Commonwealth Financial Network.


Lakewood Twp. Consumption (Restaurant) Liquor License Available for Bid

Posted on April 13, 2022 By

Lakewood Township has approved to sell by auction a Consumption (Restaurant) Liquor License. Under New Jersey law, all bidders must be qualified to have a liquor license in order to bid on the liquor license. A copy of the documents to be submitted to qualify is included in the bid packet. The qualifying documents are due in the Township Clerk’s office, 231 Third Street, Lakewood, NJ 08701 no later than May 5, 2022, by 4:00 p.m.

The starting bid is $150,000. An announcement of who are the qualified bidders will be made on June 2, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. in Lakewood Town Hall. The auction itself will be on June 16, 2022, conducted by sealed bid, with all bids due no later than 4:00 PM.

The liquor license application package can be found under “latest updates.” For more information, contact Lauren Kirkman, JD, RMC, CMR, Township Clerk and Registrar of Vital Statistics at or call 732-364-2500 ext. 5970.